Hush Hush Records is thrilled to welcome Hamilton, Ontario-based musician Douglas Tewksbury to the family to help present his second release 'Brutes.' Composed of two long-form ambient works that each hover around the 20-minute mark, 'Brutes' is Tewksbury’s latest sonic document to capture the hidden beauty embedded within the inevitable destruction of our natural world.
'Brutes' serves as a follow-up Tewksbury’s debut album 'Paths.' Released by the boutique Dutch label Geertruida Records in June 2021, Paths signaled Tewksbury’s initial intersection of music with his full-time work as a professor and researcher. Currently teaching at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York with a specialization in the media’s role in interpreting and affecting the debate on climate change, Tewksbury’s academic work has taken him on travels to cold-weather climates and ice-covered landscapes in places such as Norway, Sweden, Newfoundland, Alaska, and in Canada. These eye-opening experiences forced him to confront and ultimately commemorate the singular feeling of both unbearable beauty and unbearable loss in the slowly dissolving erasure of these ice-covered lands. In discussing the meaning and motivation behind 'Paths,' Doug says, “I wanted to try to make moments of... more
released July 15, 2022
All music by Douglas Tewksbury, except where noted.
Recorded and mixed by Sean Pearson and Douglas Tewksbury at Boxcar Studios, and at home, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Mastered by Steve Pitkin at Modest Heights Mastering.
Artwork by Rudra Chauhan.
Thanks, and love to Christine, Luna, and Hava Quail.
This project was grant funded by FACTOR and the Government of Canada, and by the Niagara University Research Council.
“Banda Mountain” contains manipulated excerpts from the songs Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes and Gradual – Haec Dies, composed by Giovanni Animuccia (1520-1571), which appear on the album ‘Giovanni Animuccia: Missa Victimae Paschali Laudes’, performed by The Tudor Consort (Wellington, New Zealand) in 1992. Available at the Free Music Archive.
“COP26'' contains manipulated excerpts from the songs Christe Adoramus Te, composed by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), and Domine, Miserere Nobis, composer unknown, and Agnus Dei, composed by William Byrd (1543-1623), each performed by the Capella Ducis Choir (Bokhoven, Netherlands). It also includes manipulated excerpts from Choral Sounds in E, by Casonika, Ooh-aha by Ellen Mentor, and an excerpt of an unnamed choral work by Thomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), performed by Escolania Salesianos (Seville, Spain) in 2011. These can be found at Freesound collaborative database.
All source material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (or higher) Unported License. Thank you to all of the original performers and recording engineers, and to the original license holders for allowing their work to be distributed on a Creative Commons license, which made this album possible.
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